Skaters race in to help

THE Hay2Help hay run being organised to support farmers n bushfire-ravaged regions around Dunedoo, Cassilis and Coolah has received a boost from an unexpected quarter.

The Bathurst organisers of the hay run have received a message on their Facebook page from the Australian Skateboard Racing Association offering up to 650 bales of hay to the cause.

Between now and Sunday afternoon the bales will be lining the top of Mount Panorama acting as crash barriers for competitors in the Newton's Nation International Downhill Federation World Cup event but, come Sunday afternoon, they will be donated to Hay2Help.

“We’ll give as much labour and help as is needed to load trucks,” ASRA secretary Bruce de Graaf wrote in a post on the Facebook page.

“It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to help the man on the land who is suffering but these fires, seriously.”

Meanwhile, a bank account has been set up for local people who wish to make cash donations to Hay2Help.

The account name is Hay2Help, BSB 882-000, account number 1001-12534.

Any donations will be used to buy more hay to send to the firezone.

Bathurst prides itself on digging deep when people are in need and the response to the hay run has been no exception.

Familiar faces for living expo

TWO familiar faces in the world of food will be in Bathurst next month to support Bathurst Regional Council’s annual Sustainable Living Expo.

Matthew Evans, better known as “Tasmania’s Gourmet Farmer” from Fat Pig Farm, will make two appearances and talk to the crowds about his experience in sustainable farming and paddock to plate principles.

And chef and owner of restaurant 4Fourteen, My Kitchen Rules celebrity Colin Fassnidge, is going to demonstrate his “nose-to-tail” cooking philosophy and debunk some myths about this being a difficult thing to do at home.

The expo will run from 8am-noon at the Bathurst Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 25.